Iran FM spokesman explains details of Zarif-Le Drian phone call

ISNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi stressed that phone call between Iranian and French Foreign Ministers has been held in the framework of frequent contacts between the authorities of Iran and European countries including France.

About the contents of the phone conversation between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Mr. Qassemi added, “Generally, the text of diplomatic dialogues wouldn’t be released and it is a usual work in the world”.

Stating that France is one of the important partners of Iran in the Europe and Tehran has good relation with the country and the other states in the EU, Mr. Qassemi stressed, “without doubt, having good relations does not mean that the two countries have the same point of views on all issues. The two countries can have good relations, but be at odds on some issues”.

“In order to resolve the differences or reduce them the administrations use different means in accordance to diplomacy framework,” the spokesman added.

“The last night phone call between Mr. Zarif and Mr. Le Drian was held in the framework of frequent contacts between the authorities of Iran and European countries including France. We use the opportunity to introduce our views and positions and the other side also brings up its views about different issues and it is diplomacy,” Mr. Qassemi went on to say.

About the latest development in Iran`s talks with EU on JCPOA, he said, “Regarding the issue, we must wait and be patient. European has political will to preserve the JCPOA following US` withdrawal from the nuclear deal. In fact, we expect European fills the gap caused by the US’ withdrawal and the other members of the deal implement their obligations regarding to Iran especially in the economic field”.

Stating that the dialogue would be continued and Europeans offer various proposals, he said, “These proposals are not enough and we have not yet received necessary and operational guarantees. We are waiting to receive indispensable proposals. After receiving such proposals, Iran will take decision about JCPOA issue”.

About the latest visit of British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt to Tehran and his meeting with Iran`s deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, Mr. Qassemi added, “We have had political dialogue with many European countries include UK. With some of the countries these talks hold periodical and every six months including UK. The previous talks between the two countries held in London and this time British diplomats came to Tehran”.

“The UK delegation had detailed dialogue with Mr. Araghchi. Both sides discussed many interested issues. They exchanged views on bilateral issues in political, economic, and consular fields,” the spokesman added.

Stating that regional and international issues were also among the topics negotiated during meeting, he clarified, “The two sides discussed JCPOA and the duties which the European countries would implement and in general, I think a good result has been achieved from these consultations”.